Energy Sector

Dragonfly is Nothing New:  An Objective Assessment of this Energy Sector APT

by James Scott, Sr. Fellow, ICIT Show-of-force intelligence gathering and cyber-kinetic sabotage malware attacks against United States Energy infrastructure are neither novel nor warrant mass-hysteria attempts by fear mongers seeking to exploit the incident for personal gain.  They are deliberate campaigns meant to demonstrate capabilities while offering no real threat to the distributed U.S. energy .. read more

ICIT Brief: Metadata – The Most Potent Weapon in This Cyberwar: The New Cyber-Kinetic-Meta War

Metadata, or “data about data,” is collected and recorded to describe data, identify trends, administer algorithmic solutions, and model potential scenarios. When one understands how to make sense of seemingly random metadata or how to pair the data with other exfiltrated data pools, there are limitless possibilities for social engineering and cyber exploitation in attacks .. read more

ICIT Brief: In 2017, The Insider Threat Epidemic Begins

Just as American and European critical infrastructure executives were beginning to wrap their minds around the devastation of the Office of Personnel Management breach, ransomware erupted onto the scene, followed by concentrated DDoS attacks such as the Mirai botnet attack on Dyn, which enabled a quantum leap for cyber criminals.  Now, all techno-forensic indicators suggest .. read more

ICIT Publication – Rise of the Machines: The Dyn Attack Was Just a Practice Run

As the adversarial threat landscape continues to hyper-evolve, America’s treasure troves of public and private data, IP, and critical infrastructure continues to be pilfered, annihilated, and disrupted.  The Mirai IoT botnet has inspired a renaissance in adversarial interest in DDoS botnet innovation based on the lack of fundamental security-by-design in the Internet and in IoT .. read more